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grizzle1

[griz-uh l]
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verb (used with or without object), griz·zled, griz·zling.
  1. to make or become gray or partly gray.
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adjective
  1. gray; grayish; devoid of hue.
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noun
  1. gray or partly gray hair.
  2. a gray wig.
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Origin of grizzle1

1350–1400; Middle English grisel < Old French, derivative of gris gray < Germanic; see griseous

grizzle2

[griz-uh l]
verb (used without object), griz·zled, griz·zling. British.
  1. to complain; whimper; whine.
  2. to laugh or grin in mockery; sneer.
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Origin of grizzle2

1740–50; origin uncertain; compare Middle High German grisgramen to gnash one's teeth, German Griesgram sourpuss
Related formsgriz·zler, noun
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Examples from the Web for grizzle

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  • My dear old ass, Gilbert wrote, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful!

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • But all this is away from the point, which is, why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • His hair and moustache are crisp and just beginning to grizzle.

  • He stabled Grizzle, the last of their saddle stock, and entered.

    Wild Animals at Home

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • Poor Grizzle did not know what to do, but she had to obey the witch.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs


British Dictionary definitions for grizzle

grizzle1

verb
  1. to make or become grey
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noun
  1. a grey colour
  2. grey or partly grey hair
  3. a grey wig
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French grisel, from gris, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German grīs grey

grizzle2

verb (intr) informal, mainly British
  1. (esp of a child) to fret; whine
  2. to sulk or grumble
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Derived Formsgrizzler, noun

Word Origin

C18: of Germanic origin; compare Old High German grist-grimmōn gnashing of teeth, German Griesgram unpleasant person
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Word Origin and History for grizzle

adj.

"gray-colored," early 15c., from Old French grisel (see grizzled) which also meant "gray-haired old man" (a noun sense recorded in Middle English from mid-14c.). The verb, "to make gray," is attested from 1740.

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